With jokes about love, success, and diarrhoea...

Lewis Capaldi tackled the Coronavirus with direct, in your face banter at his sold out show in London last night (March 12th).

In a packed Wembley Arena, the singer, who has referred to himself as the “Scottish Beyonce”, addressed the world’s most urgent health crisis. Accompanied by four other musicians on stage, the singer thanked the crowd for “selling out two Wembleys”.

Quickly moving the show forward, he shared his experience of a recent bout of sickness. “I have just recovered from the shits... It was a tough couple of weeks”, he said. “If you leave here with the shits, it’s probably my fault”.

”Wash your hands. If you can’t find water, then use your spit,” the popstar joked.

Earlier this year the cheeky ‘Devinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ solidified his success by scooping two Brit Awards for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Song’. The event followed an exuberant year of mainstream popularity, a year where his biggest hit - ‘Someone You Loved’ - bagged one billion streams.

Opening the performance with ‘Grace’, a massive boost of red confetti was released. The opener was immediately followed by ‘Forever’ and ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong. Chatty to be point of excess, the Scot admitted to already having “spoken for longer” than he had “actually sung”.

Having enjoyed what is bound to have felt like overnight fame, Capaldi talked about adapting to being rich and famous, and he proceeded to joke about not having to get up before 4pm in the afternoon.

With a casual dress code consisting of a dark jacket and jeans, a white tee and trainers, the singer belted out songs from last year’s debut with volume and vigour to a crowd that responded, happily singing, screaming and thousands upon thousands of mobile phone recordings. Bold, brash and confrontational, the subsequent item on last night’s agenda of love and relationships provided some insight into his personal life.

Having asked the crowd about their experience of relationships, he proclaimed: “I was in love. I was with a lady, we were together for a year and a half. We had some electric times”, before he concluded that love was “dead”, urging everyone to just move on with their lives.

Setlist highlights included ‘Hold Me While You Wait’, ‘Before You Go’ and ‘Someone You Loved’. Lewis Capaldi played London’s Brixton Academy in November 2019. The singer is currently due to embark on a tour of the US.

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Words: Susan Hansen

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